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Zach Gale

2019 Volvo S60 and V60 First Test: Finding the Swede Spot

With one exception, Volvo’s lineup has consistently impressed us since the XC90 became the 2016 SUV of the Year. Despite the brand’s successful run, a 2017 S60 sedan hobbled its way to a last-place finish in an eight-car compact luxury sedan comparison. That ancient compact was “outclassed at nearly every turn,” but it finally steps aside for the 2019 S60 sedan and 2019 V60 wagon. When specced carefully, the new 60-series cars shine, showing off an unmistakable Swedish approach to...

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Kelly Pleskot

Report: Porsche Taycan Targa in the Works

Porsche is getting ready to launch its first electric vehicle, the Taycan, in 2019. Not long after, the sports car, formerly known as the Mission E, will receive a Targa version, reports Autocar. A new electric SUV is also in the works.

The same plant in Zuffenhausen, Germany that will build the Taycan will also produce the Targa model. We don’t know much about this variant, but it should launch in 2020 or 2021.

As we previously reported, Porsche is eyeing a family of Taycans. It has been...

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Collin Woodard

Hennessey-Tuned Jeep Trackhawk Makes 1,200 HP

The Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk may not have been agile enough to win our Super SUV Shootout, but there’s no denying it’s seriously quick in a straight line. In fact, we even went so far as to call it the ultimate muscle SUV. But what if 707 hp and an 11.7-second quarter-mile time aren’t enough for you? In that situation, you may want to call Hennessey and order its HPE1200 Trackhawk.

As the name suggests, the HPE1200 tune gives the Trackhawk a tire-roasting 1,200 hp. Or more...

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etahaney

2019 Porsche Panamera GTS and Sport Turismo Debut with 453 HP

Porsche rolled out two more Panamera models—the Panamera GTS and GTS Sport Turismo that slot between the Panamera 4S and Panamera Turbo variants.

Prices start at $129,350 for the GTS and $135,550 for the GTS Sport Turismo, and the models are expected to arrive at dealerships by the middle of next year.

Both vehicles pack a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 engine that delivers 453 hp and 457 lb-ft of torque. For those of you keeping track at home, the previous GTS featured a 4.8-liter V-8, and...

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Kelly Pleskot

2019 Ford Ranger Will Offer a Ton of Accessories

Since August, buyers have been able to go online and configure their own 2019 Ford Ranger before it heads to dealerships early next year. Now, leaked documents reveal a host of accessories that will be available on the truck, from bed products to body graphics and kayak carriers.

The folks at Ranger5G.com say they received a list of accessories from a dealer source, and it’s quite an extensive list. Some of the goodies include Bushwacker fender flares, exterior trim kit hood lettering, a...

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Erika Pizano

2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 vs. 2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS Comparison: Power Down

Do you ever wonder where this is all going to end? More power, bigger wings, better aero, fatter tires. Remember when the ’90s Porsche 911 Turbo and Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 hit 400 horsepower? We thought we were all going to die. Yet now we’re close to doubling that. What hath the demon seed of technology wrought?

With such existential theorizing in mind, we present the ever-rising top of the upward spiral: the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 with ZTK package and the 2018 Porsche GT2 RS...

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Kelly Pleskot

Bollinger B2 is an All-Electric, Aluminum-Bodied Pickup

Bollinger Motors beat Jeep, Land Rover, and everyone else to the punch when it introduced an all-electric off-road SUV called the B1 a year ago. Now, the company is at it again with the B2 electric pickup that looks equally utilitarian. At this time, the New York-based EV maker has only released CAD renderings of the truck, but it hopes to build functional prototypes early next year.

Specs for the new pickup are pretty much the same as for the B1. Both aluminum-bodied vehicles have a front...

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Alex Nishimoto

Five Custom 2018 Ford Mustang Coupes Headed to SEMA

The 2018 SEMA Show is right around the corner, and as usual, Ford plans to have a wide variety of modified vehicles on display. This year, Ford says its booth will be filled with more than 50 cars, trucks, and SUVs, so these first five modified Mustangs announced this week are just the beginning.

Galpin Auto Sports Mustang GT

Starting with a 2018 Ford Mustang GT coupe, dealership and custom shop Galpin Auto Sports went for a road racer look with a custom wide-body kit, front splitter, rear...

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Kelly Pleskot

Report: Next Jaguar F-Type to Get BMW Power

Jaguar has made it pretty clear that it’s still committed to sports cars, despite its move into SUVs and entry-level sedans. We’ve heard Jaguar is eyeing a 2+2 sports car, and a new report seems to have more information. According to CAR Magazine, Jaguar will replace the two-seat F-Type with a 2+2 equipped with BMW’s 4.4-liter twin-turbo V-8.

That engine could be the one found in the BMW M5, where it makes 600 hp, or 617 hp in Competition Package guise. The current F-Type tops out at...

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Kelly Pleskot

2020 Subaru Outback: What to Expect From Subie’s Next Wagon-Like Crossover

The Subaru Outback is an enigma. Essentially a wagon variant of the Legacy sedan with the stance and off-road capability of a crossover, the Outback is a vehicle for people who don’t necessarily like crossovers. Despite its unusual position in the market, it’s Subaru’s best-selling vehicle in the U.S., and for good reason. We continue to praise the current model for its high-quality interior, comfortable ride, and communicative steering even as it enters old age. Fortunately,...

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Kelly Pleskot

Mazda CX-5 Gets Turbo Engine in Japan

A leaked document from last month hinted at the Mazda CX-5 getting a turbocharged engine in North America. Now, Mazda has released official information on a turbocharged CX-5 for Japan, providing us more clues on what to expect from the U.S.-spec version.

The 2.5-liter turbocharged inline-four makes around 227 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque for the updated Japanese model. Should it come to the U.S., it will provide more power than the current model’s 2.5-liter inline-four that makes 187 hp...

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Kelly Pleskot

Next Mercedes-Benz S-Class Will Offer Level 3 Autonomy

Audi beat its German rivals when it introduced the world’s first Level 3 autonomous system in the A8 sedan. In 2020, Mercedes-Benz will step up to the plate with its own Level 3 technology for the next-generation S-Class.

After coming to the S-Class, the autonomous system will trickle down to lower tier vehicles in the Mercedes lineup, says Ola Kallenius, Daimler’s head of research who is slated to become CEO of Daimler and Mercedes next year.

The current S-Class falls under Level 2...

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Kelly Pleskot

McLaren Speedtail Will Make More Than 986 HP

McLaren is revealing more details about the Speedtail ahead of its debut, which we now know takes place later this month on October 26. It also put out this teaser image that previews the Speedtail’s sinewy body.

The spiritual successor to the F1 will make more than 986 hp from a gas-electric powertrain, McLaren confirmed today. As we previously reported, the model will have a central driver seat and two passenger seats on either side, and it will exceed the 243-mph top speed of the F1...

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Kelly Pleskot

Refreshing or Revolting: 2019 BMW X5

Entering its fourth generation, the BMW X5 receives a new architecture, new engines, and an optional off-road package. Design changes are more subtle, but all together, they contribute to a more refined look compared to its predecessor. The question is: Did BMW go far enough given this is a full redesign and not a midcycle refresh?

The front face of the 2019 BMW X5 retains the same basic design, with a few changes. The headlights are no longer connected to the kidney grilles, which are...

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etahaney

“Little Red” Ford Shelby Mustang Prototype Makes California Special Appearance

Remember that experimental Ford Shelby GT500 Prototype nicknamed “Little Red” that was discovered rusting away in a Texas field earlier this year? Well, the long lost experimental notchback coupe makes its triumphant return to the West Coast at Shelby Legendary Cars in Irvine, California, today.

The legendary muscle car prototype is the star of the grand opening of Shelby’s latest location and we got a sneak peek at its unveiling. Members of the original Shelby American team will...

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Collin Woodard

Top Ford Performance Engineer on What Makes Edge ST Worthy of the Badge

As the chief functional engineer for Ford Performance and the chief program engineer for the Ford GT, Ed Krenz has years of experience bringing high-performance cars to market. But his latest project is a little different. It’s Ford’s first performance crossover, the Edge ST. Recently, we sat down with him to ask him a few questions.

What was it about the Edge that made you guys say, “Hey, let’s make this the one that we’re gonna turn into our first ST crossover?”

As a strategy,...

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Erika Pizano

2020 Porsche 911 Carrera Prototype 992 Series Development Drive: Spies Like Us

Back in July, we traveled to San Francisco for an opportunity to drive the next-generation Porsche 911 Carrera: a group of not quite finished cars but a very close approximation. The test cars were three steps along in the development process. First there were 130 hand-built prototypes, then about 300 Pre-Series 1 (PS1) cars and another 300 or so PS2 cars, four of which we would drive. What makes these four samples so special is that among the entire PS2 fleet, these are the only ones to...

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Angus MacKenzie

Resurrection: The Rebirth of American Luxury – The Big Picture

Whoa. Stay with me. Allow me to explain. The lavishly equipped Navigator Black Label is top dog in the current Lincoln lineup—the biggest, most expensive vehicle from Ford’s luxury division. It’s also the first luxury vehicle from an American automaker in decades that isn’t a self-conscious New World riff on a Mercedes-Benz, BMW, or Audi. Or a sad, plastic-chrome and fake-wood parody of former glories.

Proper luxury cars have always been big, powerful, and expensive. And America once...

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Erika Pizano

2018 Honda CR-V LX FWD Long-Term Update 2: Warm Greenhouse

Having the very basic CR-V comes with some benefits and some disadvantages. The biggest benefit is the value for your money along with the interior space, cubbies, and fold-flat seats. But depending on your needs, the disadvantages can be somewhat notorious.

One of the biggest letdowns is not having tinted windows. This summer was a very hot one by Southern California standards, and the heat was quite pronounced in the CR-V’s greenhouse. In the mornings, the interior would be incredibly...

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Erika Pizano

2018 Dodge Durango 4 R/T Long Term Update 6: Uconnect Bonding

As I type this, Dodge has just asked for its Durango back, and I’ve just begged to keep it a few weeks longer for Verdict photography and other cathartic rituals—like detailing it as though I were preparing to sell it myself. Interestingly, even a full year into my ownership experience, I’m finding new surprises and delights. This time while sitting in the stationary but running Dodge during a hot summer conference call that required my parking under the cell tower up the road from...

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